Alexandre Mattiussi talks personal taste

The artistic director of Ami founded his menswear label in 2011 after working for Dior, Givenchy and Marc Jacobs

Alexandre Mattiussi at home in Paris
Alexandre Mattiussi at home in Paris | Image: Ed Alcock

My personal style signifier is a crewneck sweater. I think it’s the perfect item to wear on a day-to-day basis, as it’s classic, simple and comfortable. You can wear it dressed up or down and it will always look effortless. £180; 75 Duke Street, London W1 (020-7499 0290; www.amiparis.com).

Flowers from Debeaulieu
Flowers from Debeaulieu

The last thing I bought and loved was a self‑portrait of photographer Juergen Teller – he’s naked, wearing red lipstick and nail varnish, smoking a cigarette, sitting on a chair in a hotel in Paris. I bought it from gallery Suzanne Tarasieve at the Paris Photo fair. I love his work – he captures the reality of a situation in a way that’s hypernatural. And in his fashion work – for Céline, Louis Vuitton or Marc Jacobs – he captures the quintessence of designers and their collections. I would love to work with him. www.parisphoto.com. www.suzanne-tarasieve.com.

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The best gift I’ve given recently was one I frequently give: flowers, and in this case roses, which are the most beautiful. I always go to Debeaulieu, near where I live in Paris’s ninth arrondissement. At Ami we use black and white striped paper for the packaging and this florist has similar paper, so whenever I buy flowers here I ask them to use my paper as a special touch. Rue Henry Monnier 30, 75009 Paris (+331-4526 7868; www.debeaulieu-paris.com).

Helmut Lang Eau de Cologne, £130 for 100ml
Helmut Lang Eau de Cologne, £130 for 100ml

And the best one I’ve received recently is a pair of beautiful white classic trainers by Pierre Hardy. He is one of my best friends and I offered him a pair of white jeans, so he sent me a pair of white trainers from his last collection in return. He’s a bit of an architect as well as a designer and has a strong sense of proportion and lines. He used to be my teacher at L’Ecole Duperré – a public fashion school in Paris – but then became a friend. £385; www.pierrehardy.com.

Mattiussi’s Pierre Hardy classic trainers, £385 
Mattiussi’s Pierre Hardy classic trainers, £385 

The last item of clothing I added to my wardrobe was a raincoat by K-Way, the classic French raincoat manufacturer. I always have it with me – it’s black with a beautiful coloured zip. It wasn’t expensive – only €100 or so. I love to mix it with streetwear, like a tracksuit; mixing it up is really my style. www.k-way.co.uk.

The soundtrack to Hable con Ella (Talk to Her). 
The soundtrack to Hable con Ella (Talk to Her). 

The last music I downloaded was a piece of music from Pedro Almodóvar’s 2002 film Talk to Her called Cucurrucucú Paloma, sung by Caetano Veloso. It’s amazing, beautiful, crazy and very dramatic – I’d love to use it in my next show. From age four to 14 I used to be a ballet dancer, so was very into classical music, but when I stopped dancing, I stopped listening to music. I only started listening again when I was 24, and now I’m into music that touches me deeply. This guy’s voice is amazing, like a bird. It’s so poetic and quiet and peaceful.

La Mola Lighthouse, Formentera
La Mola Lighthouse, Formentera

The grooming product I couldn’t live without is my scent – Helmut Lang Eau de Cologne. I used to wear it years ago, but it stopped being produced in the early 2000s and I only discovered it was being made again two years ago – it’s a classic haute cologne. £130 for 100ml; www.liberty.co.uk. www.helmutlang.com.

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If I didn’t live in Paris, I would live in Formentera in the Balearic Islands. I’ve been there every summer with friends for the past 10 years and it’s an amazing island – any new building is low‑rise and discreet, so nothing looks too new, and we go everywhere by bicycle. Sant Francesc, though small, is the main town, with a great flea market on Saturdays. Fonda Pepe, opened in 1953, is an authentic local restaurant with fantastic fish and meat and a crazy atmosphere. At the end of the island there’s a lighthouse with a little café and a beautiful view of the Mediterranean, which is the colour of the Caribbean Sea. And La Savina beach is an idyllic stretch of sand that’s only accessible if you walk through the sea with your belongings on your head. Fonda Pepe, Calle Mayor, 07871 Sant Ferran de Ses Roques (+34971-328 033). La Mola Lighthouse, www.farsdebalears.org.

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